Construction Professionals Skillnet Aims to Address Construction Skills Shortages

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L to r: Dave Flynn, Executive Director, Skillnet Ireland; Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF; Pat Lucey, President, CIF; and Liz Carroll, Network Manager, Construction Professionals Skillnet.

Skillnet Ireland and the CIF have established a new Construction Professionals Skillnet to urgently address skills shortages in the construction industry.

The CIF and Skillnet Ireland are delighted to announce the establishment of a Construction Professionals Skillnet, a network that provides funded training and development solutions customised to meet the specific professional training needs of the construction industry. The Construction Professionals Skillnet aims to upskill construction workers and business owners in the industry across a range of operational, financial, managerial, and technological competencies.

Addressing Societal Challenges

Speaking at the launch of the Construction Professionals Skillnet, which took place at CIF headquarters, Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF, said; “Construction companies are operating in a high-pressure environment with contradictory forces. On the one hand, we are in a cyclical industry that is currently under huge pressure to deliver up to 45,000 houses per year and €115bn infrastructure in addition to 500,000 homes retrofit. On the other hand, we are under pressure to be more productive and deliver all of this activity more efficiently through modern technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). Essentially, our industry’s workers are at the forefront of solving Ireland’s housing, infrastructure and climate change challenges. It’s essential that our companies invest in upskilling and training their employees and management so we can deliver on these incredible societal challenges.”

Innovative Development Programmes

Dave Flynn, Executive Director, Skillnet Ireland, said, “It’s vital that businesses across all sectors and regions are given access to innovative development programmes which keep their employees up to date with the latest trends and developments in their respective industries. Keeping the workforce primed for success helps businesses attain greater productivity, growth and collaboration, which is a priority for Skillnet Ireland. We are delighted to partner with the CIF to support professionals in the construction sector through our new Construction Professionals Skillnet.”

Construction Professionals Skillnet

Construction companies will benefit from being able to access quality training programmes and thought leadership through this Skillnet at a reduced cost.

The Construction Professionals Skillnet will help companies meet the challenges of modern construction in Ireland.

Skillnet Ireland and the CIF are encouraging everyone in the construction industry to avail of the fantastic opportunity to upskill and develop their staff.

There are over 45,000 SMEs and micro-enterprise operating in the construction industry and uptake by even a fraction of those will result in an uplift in productivity and competitiveness, which will have a huge impact on housing, retrofit and infrastructure delivery. This will have multiple benefits for the individuals, communities and the Irish economy overall.

Liz Carroll, Network Manager, Construction Professionals Skillnet, said that the goal is to deliver customised solutions to meet immediate skills shortages.

“Our initial targets are to have 100 companies, 400 trainees, 2,000 training days – 12,000 training hours – within the first year,” she explained. “Through the Construction Professionals Skillnet, we will be supporting the development and growth of construction businesses of all sizes by working with business owners and managers to identify and address their skills needs and provide networking opportunities for their staff.”

The full schedule of training courses and events will be available shortly on the CIF website www.cif.ie. Courses can be added to this schedule subject to demand from construction businesses.

Courses already scheduled include:

  • BIM Toolkit
  • Digital Marketing for the Small Construction Business
  • Excel and Word
  • Business Writing and Email Etiquette
  • Transform Your Business – A Programme for Owner/Managers
  • Communication Skills for Site Supervisors.

Free Masterclasses

The Construction Professionals Skillnet has organised a series of free masterclasses that will take place in March, April, May and June. These will cover topics such as ‘Marketing for the Small Construction Company’, ‘Employment Law in the Construction Industry’, ‘Tendering’, etc. Places are limited, so booking is essential.

The Skillnet Network is currently working on the Chartered Institute of Building’s Diploma in Construction Site Supervisory Studies, and it is planned to start this programme by the end of April at a number of locations across the country.

Construction Professionals Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.


To book any of the courses mentioned above, or if you have any specific training needs or questions, contact Liz Carroll on 087 932 3749 or email Liz at cpskillnet@cif.ie

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